A Different Blue – Featured on Flashback Friday

A Different Blue

A Different Blue by Amy Harmon

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Stunning stars

Blurb

Blue Echohawk doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know her real name or when she was born. Abandoned at two and raised by a drifter, she didn’t attend school until she was ten years old. At nineteen, when most kids her age are attending college or moving on with life, she is just a senior in high school. With no mother, no father, no faith, and no future, Blue Echohawk is a difficult student, to say the least. Tough, hard and overtly sexy, she is the complete opposite of the young British teacher who decides he is up for the challenge, and takes the troublemaker under his wing.

This is the story of a nobody who becomes somebody. It is the story of an unlikely friendship, where hope fosters healing and redemption becomes love. But falling in love can be hard when you don’t know who you are. Falling in love with someone who knows exactly who they are and exactly why they can’t love you back might be impossible.

Review

Wow – this book was completely different to what I thought it was going to be, and I loved it.

A little girl is dumped in the passenger seat of a truck by her mother, the truck is not hers, and the woman just left her.

The truck belonged to a man called Jimmy Echohawk, he did not go to the police, even when he found out what happened to the woman, instead he raised the little girl as his own.

Blue Echohawk is a beautiful young girl, with issues. She is the local “skank” boys use her for a booty call, and she lets them. Blue is also very talented, she makes wood carvings, and they are good enough to sell, which she does at her local diner where she works.

School is just a mundane bore to her, and she tries to cause as much attention to herself as she can, even though she doesn’t like it, it is attention after all !

Enter Mr Darcy Wilson!

Mr Wilson is the History teacher and Blue is fasinated by him, he even inspires some of her work.

This is quite a slow paced book, and I understand how some would call it slow and boring.

This book doesn’t rush, Amy Harmon writes beautifully about friendship, trust, love and loss, and she does it at a pace that you become entwined with the characters.

A beautifully written 5☆ read narrated by the always amazing Tavia Gilbert.

Enjoy,

Vicci

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Featured on Flashback Friday

Simon vs the Homo

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

4.5 totally adorable stars….

Blurb

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Review

Loved this! Loved Simon! He was just so perfectly sweet and relatable… I mean I have absolutely nothing in common with a 17-year-old boy, but Simon made me think I do (or maybe I really do?)… Simon is struggling with coming out to his family and friends, and even if you are not gay you definitely understand that need to fit in especially when you’re a teenager….now Simon was blessed with amazing friends, I absolutely adored his friends reaction to him coming out, how wonderful it would be if everybody had such amazing supportive friends… and his family, they were wonderful and I saw so much of myself in Simon’s mom… I also probably am a little too obsessed with my children’s lives and have the need to discuss absolutely everything just as she did… so when she said when your children are little you get to see everything unfold right in front of you, but when they get older you miss out on seeing all of that, definitely an aha moment…

The romance in this was a bit of a mystery, trying to figure out who Blue was… it kept me guessing right along with Simon, and if I was better at the names of all of the past presidents I might’ve had an easier time… really liked how this relationship developed and the reveal was so sweet… all in all a fabulous book with fantastic characters that just made you smile!

narration:Michael Crouch did a wonderful job he was Simon!💚

Enjoy,

Berit